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Griffin Benger, Daniel Pidun Seal EPT Berlin Victories
Another wildly successful EPT Berlin poker festival wrapped up today with Canadian Griffin Benger and German Daniel Pidun sealing the High Roller and Main Event titles.
With huge turnouts for both events the two champs both pocketed memorable sums - Benger €429,000 for the High Roller crown and Pidun a phenomenal €880,000 for the Main Event.
Pidun's score is literally 10x his career total to date and pushes his career earnings over the $1m mark.
For Benger, a legendary online crusher known as "Flush_Entity" with millions in profit, it's also by far his largest career live cash.
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Coming into the final table third in chips behind PokerStars pro Max Lykov and Martin Kabrhel, Benger went to work quickly.
Within the first hour or so he had risen to the chip lead and continued to build from there, tangling often with Lykov.
By level 25 he'd extended his stack up over 2.4 million and won a huge pot off Lykov with trip tens to stretch his lead even further.
By the time Lykov lost another big pot to Lim and was eliminated by Benger shortly after, the birthday boy had a massive lead three-handed and cruised from there.
Lim, who won the first Australian bracelet at the WSOP APAC, earned €240,100 for the runner-up finish.
Official High Roller final-table results:
- 1. Griffin Benger, Canada, €429,000
- 2. Aaron Lim, Australia, €240,100
- 3. Philippe Ktorza, France, €144,000
- 4. Max Lykov, Russia, €102,900
- 5. Martin Kabrhel, Czech Republic, €82,300
- 6. Joni Jouhkimainen, Finland, €68,600
- 7. James Mitchell, UK, €54,900
For more on Benger's career and wild online successes, check our Easy Game mini-documentary with him here.
Pidun First German Winner of EPT Berlin Main Event
Meanwhile over in the Main Event final, Pidun made quick work of his opponents as well.
Like Benger Pidun grabbed the chip lead within the first hour and dominated from there, wrapping things up in efficient fashion in just six hours.
With five Germans at the final table it was a good bet one of them would take the title, but it was Pidun who executed, improving on ninth and 17th-place finishes in the past two EPT Berlin main events.
The official final-table results and payouts:
- 1. Daniel Pidun - €880,000
- 2. Robert Haigh - €531,000
- 3. Lasse Frost - €325,000
- 4. Pascal Vos - €255,000
- 5. Alexander Helbig - €202,200
- 6. Roman Herold - €155,000
- 7. Julian Thomas - €110,000
- 8. Roman Korenev - €77,000
For a full rundown of all the final-table action, check the PokerStars blog. Tune in next Sunday right here on PokerListings for live streaming feature table coverage from the EPT Grand Final in Monaco.